China is pouring money into its small and medium-sized airports. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) will offer about $222 million dollars in subsidies to improve facilities.
Xinhuanet reports that China's civil airport industry saw steady growth in the past 10 years.
China’s smaller airports are expected to play a role in further boosting the country’s rural economy. According to the draft plan that the CAAC has compiled, the money will be spent on 174 airports across the country.
In recent years, “the number of licensed transport airports surged from 158 to 238, improving the density from 1.6 per 100,000 square km to 2.5 over the past decade.” The number of licensed general airports increased nine-fold to 240, surpassing that of licensed transport airports.
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